About Israel
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 About Israel

Israel in Brief

Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost almost 2,000 years earlier, was renewed. 

Fast Facts

  • Population8,345,000
  • CapitalJerusalem​
  • LanguagesHebrew, Arabic
  • Dialing Code+972​
  • CurrencyNew Israeli​ Shekel
  • Electricity230V / 50Hz​
  • PresidentReuven Rivlin
  • Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu​

National Symbols

  • Israel Flag

    The flag of the State of Israel is based on the design of the Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), with a blue Shield of David (Magen David). ​ 

  • National Emblem

    The official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah). The olive branches on either side represent Israel's yearning for peace. 

Spotlight on Israel

  • Inspiring women in the IDF: Ground, air & sea

    Gender stereotypes? Not in the IDF! In the air, on the ground and in the sea, the IDF is filled with inspiring women who play a vital role in both combat and administrative positions. 

  • Israel celebrates 67 years of independence

    The proximity of Remembrance Day and Independence Day reminds people of the heavy price paid for independence. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence was restored after 2,000 years. 

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